Kim Shun-pei left his home on an isolated island south of Korea to pursue his dreams of success and a better life. He goes to Japan, but his life there is far from what he imagined. Facing discrimination, and forced to work hard labor to survive, the harsh realities of life take their toll on his psyche. Though he earns the success that he seeks, eventually opening his own factory, Kim Shun-pei's obsessive behavior begins to unravel him. No one is his life is left unscathed by his desperate pursuit of money and power.